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Bridges are to Cross
Philemon Sturges
Illustrated by Giles Laroche
Non-Fiction Picture Book
Ages 5 to 8
Penguin, 1998, 0-399-23174-9
  Often when we think of a bridge an image of some enormous suspension bridge comes to mind – something perhaps like the Californian Golden Gate Bridge which can be seen for miles. But there are many different kinds of bridges and in this book we are going to visit just a few of the most interesting and remarkable ones.
  There is a very simple bridge which crosses a river in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Made with ropes and slats there is no doubt that this bridge must sway a great deal when people and llamas walk across it. Then there is that famous bridge in London which is not in fact falling down and which has a drawbridge built into it to let larger boats go under it. In Japan a shogun built a bridge in a park so that he could take peaceful walk and adire his gardens.
  The author of this book not only takes us on a journey around the world but he also introduces us to some of the basic types of bridges that have been built and he gives us a sense of how bridges can tell a fascinating story about the history of man.
  The truly remarkable three-dimensional illustrations in this fascinating book were created using paper, drawings, and papercutting. Readers will be astonished to see how many textures and effects Giles Laroche was able to create using the very simplest of materials.
 

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